Who will be Everton’s first choice striker next season?

Arouna Kone

With Arouna Kone joining Victor Anichebe and Nikica Jelavic at Goodison Park, who will be Roberto Martinez’s preferred striker at Everton next season?

Everton have moved quickly to back their new manager Roberto Martinez in the transfer market with four early arrivals at Goodison Park this summer.

Of these, three players played under the Spaniard at Wigan, with Arouna Kone being brought in to compete with Nikica Jelavic and Victor Anichebe for a starting role up front.

All three are fine players on their day, but there is a worry that the trio are also prone to inconsistency, and it will be interesting to see which of them becomes first choice under Martinez.

Everton are likely to use a system with a lone striker due to their array of excellent wide options, and Kone might hope that his experience in a similar formation under Martinez at Wigan will give him the edge over Jelavic and Anichebe.

However of the three, Jelavic is perhaps the most accomplished finisher when on form, although he rarely demonstrated that ability last season, when he managed just seven goals in 37 Premier League appearances.

Anichebe’s physical presence is also a useful asset, with the towering Nigerian unplayable when at his very best. However injury problems are always going to be a concern for the 25-year-old, and he is perhaps not clinical enough to be Everton’s first choice.

Kone can also play in a wide position, and this might be the option Martinez uses to get two of his strikers into his team, but the Ivorian was at his best for Wigan when played through the middle and it would be surprising if he did not play most of his football for Everton in that role.

The 29-year-old is perhaps the most reliable of the trio, but if Jelavic can recapture the form he demonstrated in his first few months at Everton he will likely re-establish himself as first choice, but the Croatian could pay for a poor season by starting behind Kone in the pecking order.

Everton fans, who do you want to lead the line next season?

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